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Flow hive location


#1

I am wondering the best location for my flow hive. I am in southern california. I am worried about gardeners and blowers and lawn mower etc. How far should the hive be so that it is not disturbed?
I am almost thinking our roof top deck is the best option as to keep bees safe from gardeners and pets and pests. Thoughts?


#2

Love your way of thinking. Usually beekeepers’ main consideration is to keep the pets, kids and gardeners safe from the bees. Rooftop for a quiet bee place sounds good, unless it gets too hot up there or is too hard to access.


#3

Hello fellow SoCal resident. :smile:

My hives are on a raised terrace in our back yard, and our gardeners use leaf blowers within a few feet of them with no problems. I think it depends on how docile your colony is. We have Cordovan Italian queens (Kona and Koehnen) and they have been perfectly well-behaved.

We have regulations from the City of San Diego which determine how far from property boundaries and require the establishment of 6 ft high “flyover barriers”. While this can be onerous to set up, we have had a hive in a Community garden for over a year with zero issues. So for your purposes, if you are willing to create such a barrier, you could put your hive almost anywhere. Mine looks like this:


It is just a 8 foot T-post fence, with wire mesh and then garage door insect screen zip-tied to the mesh to create a bee-proof barrier. Not beautiful, but safe and it works.

We have a roof deck also, which we hardly ever use. However, the disincentives for using it are several:

  1. Everything has to be carried through the house to get up there. Equipment is bulky, and if bees escape inside the house, that can be a big nuisance.
  2. If the hive ever goes “hot” (e.g. partial africanization after a supercedure, or an unpredictable new nucleus), the space to escape attacking bees is limited, and we would have to go back through the house while being chased by bees. Not a good idea. I have experienced africanized bees, and while I am not scared of them, I really do not want them inside the house and I do want room to run from them when they swamp me. :blush: